Our approach

We work really closely with families to find ways to help that feel right for them.

Our vision and values

Our strong vision and shared values underpin all that we do

It is very important to us that our families feel respected and well supported. Parents and carers know their children and have the best chance to help them, so we keep them involved throughout. We want families to feel we are by their side, working together. Even when we cannot solve every problem, we want them to feel that we have taken them seriously and that ‘someone gets what it’s like’ for them.

We try to adapt to each unique family situation and talk to families, and those supporting them, often to see how things are going. We really want to hear peoples’ ideas about what we could do better.

We ensure our team of professionals are highly skilled, trained and well supervised.

We believe in working with families together, so parents and carers are always involved and we can see whole families, with more than one child, together. We also work closely with other adults in the network.

The Family Place Model

The Family Place model of intervention is based on a deep understanding of children’s development and what happens when babies and children have traumatic experiences within their families. Different approaches are helpful at different times.

We always ask the question: What support is best and when? 

Our therapeutic team are trained in a wide range of approaches to a high level and based on the latest best practise, which means we can be adaptable. This means that we can offer specific approaches and it also means that at times we will be using more than one approach in a well thought through sequence.

We keep the child’s main carer centrally involved as far as possible, as they are the most important person in their child’s wellbeing. 

The Family Place Model diagram, a child and parent owl linked by a rainbow which includes "Reasoning and reflection", "Relationships" and "Regulation"
The Family Place Model diagram

The Family Place is based on a neurosequential model of child development (Perry, 2009), matching interventions to the child’s unmet developmental needs.

  • First we need to help the child feel stable and safe in their body, and better able to understand what is happening in their body.
  • Then we can focus on helping the child to form healthy attachment relationships, and to better manage their emotions.
  • Only then can we help the child to reason, reflect and make sense of their experiences, helping them to form a positive identity.
  • And we need to work in relationship to create change

Relationship-Based Interventions

The Family Place uses three main relationship-based approaches: Theraplay®, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Sensory-based Intervention.

All of these approaches aim to strengthen the relationship between the parent/carer and the child. We also provide a wide range of other creative interventions and can work with whole families.

Watch our introductions to our interventions below:


Theraplay® at The Family Place with Dr. Emily Barnbrook, Clinical Director and Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

DDP at The Family Place with Dr. Emily Barnbrook, Clinical Director and Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Sensory Development Interventions

Sensory Development at The Family Place with Dr. Emily Barnbrook, Clinical Director and Consultant Clinical Psychologist

What we provide

Please see the following pages detailing all the services and interventions we provide.

Find out more

Please get in touch to find out more about our approach, how we work and to make a referral.